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February 4, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Sen. Lamar Alexander recently echoed the NRA's Wayne LaPierre when he said, “Video games is a bigger problem than guns… Because video games affect people.” This is so stupid one rolls his eyes at the need to write a column explaining why. First of all, the idea that we need to abridge the First Amendment for video games but not the Second Amendment for assault rifles has some very obvious deficiencies. Secondly, the evidence linking aggression to violent video games is, to put it kindly, highly contested . Most of the evidence comes from an Iowa State researcher named Craig Anderson who...
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April 11, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Thieves have been stealing video gaming systems and games from stores around the city while pretending to be customers, according to a Chicago Police Department alert released Friday. In each incident, the alert says, between one and five men entered the stores, posing as customers, grabbed the merchandise and then fled the stores. In a few instances, the alert said, the men used force against store employees. The incidents took place at stores located in the 5100 block of South Pulaski Road at 3:45 p.m. March 17, in the 1700 block of East 95th Street at 7:28 p.m. March...
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September 9, 2013 | By Ryan Smith, @ryansmithwriter and For RedEye
Fall is almost here - meaning 'tis the season to bypass the beach and instead curl up with a warm gaming console in the comforts of your living room. The next three months traditionally are the most important in the gaming world, but with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on the way, the end of 2013 is shaping up to be the biggest period yet. Take a peek at what you can expect.   Beyond: Two Souls Oct. 8, PS3 Proof that the thin line between Hollywood and Silicon Valley has blurred beyond recognition, "Beyond: Two Souls" feels like a movie/video game hybrid.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Ryan Smith loves playing games...of the video variety. RedEye's gaming guy writes a weekly column called "3 to play" in which he reviews new releases. Here's a running gallery of those games, which will be updated each week.
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August 1, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney and For RedEye
Attention, video game enthusiasts: Gallery 27 will showcase art work inspired by some of your favorite video games, both past and present, during the month of August. "This Will Increase Your X" is a tribute to video games that will be shown at the gallery through the end of the month. Recently opened in June, the Gallery 27 is a pop-culture themed art gallery at 1833 S. Halsted. The Gallery features artwork from artists around the globe inspired by TV, movies, video games and music.  William Czaszwicz, who co-owns the gallery with his wife Amanda, said he was inspired by a West...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2012 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Season 2 of "The Walking Dead" may be buried, but zombies are crawling back into pop culture in video game form with a new video game series. Fans worried that the game, which came out April 24, might resemble a Southern fried version of "Call of Duty's" goofy Nazi Zombie mode should fret not. RedEye played through the first of five planned episodes ("A New Day") and found it to be so good we've come up with five reasons why even non-gamers need to pick up a controller and embrace it. A playable comic The good news: there's no...
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May 3, 2012 | Ernest Wilkins and RedEye
This week, the world was introduced to the Perfect Strangers game , a fun little diversion that let you take the role of Balki Bartokomous, the iconic character from the former anchor for ABC's "TGIF" lineup as he tries to live out his dreams and move to America and fly and stuff. We got to thinking...what other '80s live-action shows should get the video game treatment? Here's our picks.  'MacGuyver': Just give them the "Arkham City" engine, let the main man be able to jury-rig gadgets and you're absolutely set. GOD,...
SPORTS
August 7, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
Playing video games online against strangers is fun, and controlling your favorite athletes through video games is fun too. But what if the stranger you played against was also your favorite athlete? Retired Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer is the co-founder of OverDog, a mobile app that allows athletes to challenge their fans to video games. The app is still in its early development stage and is currently free for both fans and players. Hillenmeyer gives RedEye his rundown on Chicago athlete gamers, from the regular winners to the guys who need some more time with the...
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August 17, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, For RedEye
This video teaser for the newest video game from Lucasarts , " Star Wars:1313 ", sure does impress doesn't it? The CGI is on on par with some of the top Hollywood blockbusters; it's atmospheric, evoking some really gritty environs; and even feels like it's channeling " Prometheus " in some instances. But you see, to me that's where I have a problem. Even though it's supposed to be a game that takes place in that "galaxy far, far away" it just doesn't feel like Star Wars . In...
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
It's game over, but Matt “Nadeshot” Haag keeps staring at the TV monitor with a haunted, distant look while his teammates unceremoniously pack up their Xbox controllers. This is not the face you'd expect from someone who just won $120,000 playing video games, but Nadeshot consistently faces a Derrick Rose -level of scrutiny from the enormous world of professional “Call of Duty.” In the three years since he won the world title in 2011, Nadeshot has leveraged his charismatic personality and social media wizardry to emerge as the most famous...
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April 1, 2014 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
It's game over, but Matt “Nadeshot” Haag keeps staring at the TV monitor with a haunted, distant look while his teammates unceremoniously pack up their Xbox controllers. This is not the face you'd expect from someone who just won $120,000 playing video games, but Nadeshot consistently faces a Derrick Rose -level of scrutiny from the enormous world of professional “Call of Duty.” In the three years since he won the world title in 2011, Nadeshot has leveraged his charismatic personality and social media wizardry to emerge as the most famous pro gamer in North America.
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February 6, 2014 | By Ryan Smith, @ryansmithwriter and For RedEye
"So, are you like ... a gamer?" I hear this question on nearly every first date, and it makes me grimace every time. I usually admit that I am, but in an apologetic, slightly embarrassed, aw-shucks-I-know-it's-kind-of-ridiculous-but-what-are-you-gonna-do kind of way. It's not that I'm embarrassed about enjoying pixelated entertainment, it's just that the word "gamer" is such a stupid and outdated term that I wish we as a society could burn...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
When I last spoke with Michael Mendheim , he was promoting his newest graphic novel " The Four Horsemen ", a story that he had adapted from a proposed video game and published under the Heavy Metal imprint. Since then, he's returned to producing video games with his sights set on bringing back an all-time classic! With a Kickstarter campaign running to fund the game, Mendheim took some time from his busy schedule to talk about the challenges of reviving "Mutant Football League" : Michael...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2013 | By Ryan Smith, @ryansmithwriter and For RedEye
Fall is almost here - meaning 'tis the season to bypass the beach and instead curl up with a warm gaming console in the comforts of your living room. The next three months traditionally are the most important in the gaming world, but with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on the way, the end of 2013 is shaping up to be the biggest period yet. Take a peek at what you can expect.   Beyond: Two Souls Oct. 8, PS3 Proof that the thin line between Hollywood and Silicon Valley has blurred beyond recognition, "Beyond: Two Souls" feels like a movie/video game hybrid.
SPORTS
August 7, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
Playing video games online against strangers is fun, and controlling your favorite athletes through video games is fun too. But what if the stranger you played against was also your favorite athlete? Retired Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer is the co-founder of OverDog, a mobile app that allows athletes to challenge their fans to video games. The app is still in its early development stage and is currently free for both fans and players. Hillenmeyer gives RedEye his rundown on Chicago athlete gamers, from the regular winners to the...
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April 29, 2013 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Mysterious protagonist Aiden Pearce might be the star of the upcoming video game "Watch Dogs," but downtown Chicago lights up the box art. Comissioned by Ubisoft to paint a scene that contained both the iconic visage of the Willis Tower and an "L" train in the background, artist Alex Ross recently drove down to the Loop from his Glenview home and hunted for a perfect background. He chose a section of LaSalle Street between Wacker Drive and Lake Street, which he later painted complete with Pearce, the menacing masked man who...
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November 5, 2012 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
In a gaming world where "Call of Duty" and "World of Warcraft" seem to get the most attention, it might be a surprise that neither is the world's most played video game. "League of Legends," the most popular of the relatively new MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) genre of games, has surpassed its competitors with an average of 12 million players logging on to play every day, according to Riot Games. That's an enormous player base, especially considering that the massively multiplayer "World of Warcraft" has 10 million subscribers and "Farmville 2" on Facebook claims 8.5...
NEWS
February 6, 2013 | By Ryan Smith, @ryansmithwriter and For RedEye
The Internet's overwhelming vote for a cat is the least surprising part of this week's news that Hasbro has ditched the classic iron token for a furry feline (I CAN HAZ PARK PLACE?!) for the latest edition of Monopoly. To me, it's a wonder that we haven't already rid ourselves of a game that indoctrinates its players in the ways of Mr. Monopoly - its super-rich, old white guy of a mascot whose only redeeming quality seems to be his sweet 'stache. Video games keep earning tongue-lashings these days for their explicit violence, but my money is on this beloved board game as...
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April 22, 2013 | By Ryan Smith, @RyanSmithWriter and For RedEye
With a dozen brain-eating zombies standing in the way, it's clear that coming to Jewel was a bad idea. You can run away, but you still face a dilemma: Do you try to scavenge supplies at a nearby Walgreen's or a bar in Wicker Park? Navigating the streets in a post-apocalyptic Chicago can be tricky in "Map of the Dead," a zombie-themed iPhone/iPad game that launched last month. The idea of giving smartphone users their own "The Walking Dead" fantasy comes from Jeff Merrick, a designer at Lakeview-based web agency Doejo.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2013 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Video games are frequent bedfellows with TV shows and movies, but Syfy and Trion Worlds' new joint project, "Defiance," is a completely different kind of pop-culture beast. Instead of spinning off the sci-fi Western into a video game or vice-versa, the TV show and video game will be linked in an ongoing way so that characters and events in the series tie into those in Trion's third-person shooter. Nick Beliaeff, Trion Worlds senior vice president of development, calls it a "transmedia experience.
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